Ludlow Streetscapes Continues to Beautify Ludlow

October 22, 2008

Ludlow Streetscapes continues its efforts to beautify the Village and make Ludlow a more attractive place to live, work and play! You’ve probably seen the new Patio on the corner of Elm and Main. This patio, with its lovely brick path from the crosswalk, was made possible by the generous contribution of New England Deck and Patio, who pulled off the remarkable feat of completing it in under three days! BJ & Scott, of New England Deck and Patio, used Belgard pavers to create this lovely patio, which now holds the bench and planters Streetscapes installed earlier this summer – and which have provided a nice place to stop and watch the world go by. Please drive or walk by, and take a look at the beautiful job these guys did on behalf of our Village!
This project could not have happened without the support of community businesses, local residents and other anonymous donors whose support and enthusiasm made it possible. Streetscapes thanks Mel Fink for the use of his parking lot, Jerry Tucker and Craig Goodman for the use of the electricity from their building, and to George Tucker for donating the sand for this project. We also thank our Town Manager, Frank Heald. This has been a wonderful demonstration of community spirit and support!
A new project is coming on Main and Depot Streets in front of The Mill. Streetscapes has just obtained permission from the Village Trustees for another project – this time, involving the trees, sidewalk and lighting. We thank the Board of Trustees for holding a special meeting to consider this project, and for their unanimous approval. Our special thanks to Bob Gilmore, Jim Fuller and Frank Heald.
The location of this project was chosen as it is the longest stretch of uninterrupted sidewalk– and its visibility at the traffic light, close to Town Hall and the Bicentennial Memorial Park, also known as the Mini-Park. This project involves replacing the existing asphalt sidewalk with red cobblestone pavers, installing underground wiring and replacing the iron grates under the locust trees with matching permeable pavers. We will break ground this week, and expect to be finished by November 15. The second phase of this project, which will be completed in the spring of 2009, involves installing four light posts located between the trees that are the same as the bridge light posts.
As we proceed, we apologize in advance for the inevitable inconveniences our activities will cause residents and businesses adjacent to The Mill. We will do our best to minimize parking and traffic flow interruptions, taking advantage of the lull in traffic we experience between Peak foliage season and Thanksgiving.
We are dedicating this project to Pat and Richard Nye for their enormous support of Ludlow Streetscapes and their philanthropic efforts on behalf of the Ludlow community. They were pioneers in the organization of a community group with the planting of the six locust trees in front of the Mill which they donated. Their efforts and dedication to the beautification of the Village of Ludlow led to the organization of Ludlow Streetscapes.
With this project, Streetscapes is continuing the theme of improving the lighting scheme along Main Street with free-standing light posts with hanging flower baskets – the same ones we installed on the
bridges. The cobblestone pavers will echo the brick walls of The Mill and Town Hall, and tie in with the crosswalks.
Stay tuned for the date of the dedication and unveiling ceremony!
For any questions and further information, please contact Liz Crowley at 228-2126 or Rosa Donohue at 228-7496.